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Belleville Parishoner Workshop

Special story! 3 years ago, I gave my first talk to Priests for the diocese of Belleville, Illinois! They were Diocese #1 out of now 36! Fr. Nicolas Junker, the Vocation Director, took a chance on me, speaking to his priests. I remember shaking in my boots as their bishop was there! I had only … Continued

Manchester, NH Priests/Deacons

Today, I did something new, and the Holy Spirit showed up in a BIG way! I was given the opportunity to speak about Vocation Ministry with all the permanent deacons of the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire and their wives! Only problem was that the books and resource packets did not arrive for the 80 … Continued

San Angelo, TX, Parishioner Workshop

There is a first time for everything! 100% of attendees of the Hundredfold Workshop in San Angelo said they are Highly Likely to start/continue a Vocation Ministry at their parish!! Praise Him!! I was shocked by the 75+ in attendance, again this is a tiny diocese of 80, 000 Catholics. I met this brand-new Vocation … Continued

Youngstown, OH, Parishioner Workshop

My trip to Youngstown started in Pittsburgh as I flew into their airport! My friend Fr. Michael Ackerman met me at the airport and took me to lunch and on a VERY old cable car to get an incredible view of the city! Then, we decide to meet the Vocation Director for Youngstown at Sts. … Continued

Brooklyn, NY, Parishioner Workshop

I was thrilled to be back in New York, promoting vocations. The first time I spoke in New York was the first time I spoke to parishioners about Vocation Ministry! We were at Dunwoodie Seminary in Yonkers, and I was petrified. 2 ½ years later, I have spoken in over 30 other dioceses and no … Continued

Burlington, VT, Parishioners Workshop

My heart is full as I leave the Diocese of Burlington, VT! This was my last workshop of the year, and it reminds me of my mission and why I do this work of vocations! God works through the parishioners who say yes to start a new Vocation Ministry, and he will provide a bountiful … Continued

Rockford Parishioners Workshop

Leticia and I was inspired by the hundreds of parishioners of Rockford, Illinois, who were eager to learn how to create a vocation-producing parish! We just could not believe how many people were pouring into the community center of this parish! Fr. Keith Romke, who I told you about in a previous blog, inspires me … Continued

Amarillo Parishioners Workshop

The Hundredfold Workshops in English for 52 parishioners and in Spanish for 36 parishioners were incredible! They had to keep adding tables and chairs!!! WOW! The Diocese of Amarillo has only 50,000 Catholics but covers 26,000 square miles!!!! So, to have this many people drive hours one-way to learn about promoting vocations is inspiring! Bishop … Continued

National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors

If you have been to one of my workshops, then you know I am passionate about vocations, especially when I get to hang out with priests, Sisters, Brothers, and other people who love vocations, too! That is why NCDVD is my favorite week of the year!!!! National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors Convention 2017! What … Continued

Owensboro, KY

The Vocare dinner, which is a fundraising dinner for 450 people for the Diocese of Owensboro, KY. This small diocese has some wonderfully generous benefactors for their seminarians. Can I tell you that speaking to a room of 450 people is a little intimidating, to say the least!!!! Now, I love talking about vocations, and … Continued